Gruesome topic, eh? But one I'm going touch on nevertheless. Let's have a look at the available choices.
- Usually involves a viewing of the body, a formal funeral service including transportation & burial.
- The most expensive method.
- Includes embalment, selection of coffin & tomb stone, purchasing graveyard plot, etc.
- Body cremated shortly after death, no need for embalment.
- Cremated remains/ashes kept in a container at home/crypt in cemetery/temple or scattered in the deceased's favorite place.
- A memorial service may be held
Besides these 2 main methods, there are other methods/issues to think about:
- Organ donation is a gift of life. Anyone aged 18 yrs & above can sign up to be a donor. Minors will require the consent of their parents/guardians.
- The organ(s) will be removed with great care by skilled surgeons to reduce scars on the body. The organ(s) will then be transplanted to patients.
- You may learn more about the Malaysian organ donation campaign here & see the donor pledge form here
- Organ donation is a voluntary act of kindness & medical treatment will not differ for a donor.
- Bodies are donated for the purpose of science & research, typically to medical centers.
- It's a common practice to scatter your beloved's ashes at his/her favorite place; some people scatter them at sea (check out Neptune Society, Eternal Reefs), even launch them into space!
- The carbon from the ashes can be converted into diamonds; there are 2 main companies specializing in this: LifeGems & Memorial Gems
- Here In Spirit creates commemorative urns by firing a small sample of the ashes using the ancient Raku technique of glazing.
- Featured by Carol Beckworth in the National Geographic magazine (Fantasy Coffins of Ghana, Sept 1994, 120-32), the Ga coffins are created by creative & talented carpenters.
- These coffins are handmade & unique for their bright colors, giving them the nickname "fantasy coffins".
There are many choices out there to celebrate the memory of our loved ones & his/her preferences in death. 2 factors to consider while making your decisions are financial costs & effect to the environment. The best choice is the one that doesn't pinch your wallet too much & has minimal negative effect to the environment.
My personal choice? I'm still thinking about it :)